In Friday’s historic blowout against the depleted Golden State Warriors, the Toronto Raptors won by an impressive 53-point difference. Siakam, Gary Trent Jr., and Anunoby led the Raptors to this franchise record win – all scoring over 20 points. Pascal Siakam was particularly impressive, dropping 36 points in just 31 minutes of play.
Gary Trent Jr. continues to be a beloved addition amongst the Raptors starting five, setting a franchise record +54 net rating. In the five games he has played with Toronto, Trent Jr. is averaging 16.8 points per game, 3.2 made three-pointers, and 43.2% from beyond the arc.
While this has been the season of hell from the home court-less club, Toronto has to be looking forward to trying to sign Trent Jr. under his restricted free agent status.
At just 22 years of age, Trent could become a crucial piece for the Raptors as they start to build a young, competitive core. And currently outside of the NBA’s play-in games, the Toronto Raptors could look to bolster this core with a lottery pick.
Catch the Lowry-less Raptors take on the feisty Washington Wizards in tonight’s game at 7PM EST.
Tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards had all the makings of a 2021 Toronto Raptors collapse. But against one of the NBA’s worst defenses, the Raptors were able to complete the miracle second-half comeback with an incredible buzzer beater three front Gary Trent Jr.
As impressive as it was to overcome the 19-point second-half deficit, this marked the first time since Feb. 21 that the Toronto Raptors have won consecutive games. While it isn’t a milestone for the franchise by any measure, it was a great showing for the Raptors’ young core in Trent, Flynn, and Watanabe.
This was Flynn’s best showing as a Raptor yet, especially on the defensive end. The 6’1″ guard out of San Diego State provided the team with 4 steals, 3 blocks, 6 defensive rebounds, and a fourth-quarter offensive push to seal the win. Hopefully, with Vanvleet and Lowry out, Flynn can continue to develop.
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